Real Humans of the Georgetown McDonough MBA Class of 2019
Mason Hanson, Georgetown McDonough MBA Class of 2019
Hometown: Norwell, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Institution and Major: George Washington University, economics
Pre-MBA Work Experience: Consulting, 2013-2015; e-commerce, 2015-2017
Why business school? Why now? I am pursuing my MBA to accelerate my career, enhance my leadership skills, and explore opportunities to make a global impact. My pre-MBA work experience has enabled me to excel in roles focused in consulting, strategy, and analytics. However, to become an effective leader in these functions, I need to take the next step in developing my management style and the intricate business knowledge that would allow me to lead a team, department, or entire business. An important factor to success is not only owning these necessary skills but working for a company that inspires you and aligns with your values. The diverse challenges, collaboration focus, and freedom of an MBA is the perfect forum for my aspirations and has already opened doors that I never would have encountered otherwise.
Why McDonough? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend? When selecting prospective schools, the key factors that I considered were location and culture. As the nation’s melting pot, Washington D.C. has a diverse mixture of nationalities, cuisines, history, and businesses. From a culture perspective, many business schools emphasize their dedication to creating social and business leaders. But McDonough is one that I feel lives up to those words in a genuine manner.
What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2019? My diverse personal and professional background sets me apart from my Class of 2019. Personally, being multi-racial has given me a unique perspective and appreciation for every individual’s unique differences. Professionally, my experience in two fields where many of my classmates are looking to move into post-MBA allows me to provide an insider’s perspective.
Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application? I can quote the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Post-MBA career interests? Post-MBA, I plan to specialize in business and operational strategy for an established technology company that aligns with my values and passions.
Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process? Visit the schools you are most interested in. Reading about the program and learning through coffee chats are informative however, setting foot on the campus and meeting current students in person makes a difference. Also, attend local meetups for prospective or admitted students to see how you fit in with your potential classmates.
–One thing you would change or do differently? I would get involved sooner by reaching out to the program office and current club presidents to gain a stronger understand of which parts of the MBA community I want to be a part of. The number of clubs and student organizations can be overwhelming, so come into opening term with a plan.
–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it? Greatest highlight so far at McDonough? The Entrepreneurship Career Trek has been the greatest highlight of my time at McDonough thus far. During this week-long trek, we had the opportunity to visit both early- and late-stage startups across DC and NYC. Speaking with the leaders of each company, learning about their missions, and understanding the obstacles that they have overcome was an amazing, inspiring learning experience.
One thing about McDonough that you didn’t expect before arriving? You spend so much time with your classmates, working long hours and traveling across the globe, that they quickly become your second family. The friends that I have made thus far will be with me for life.
Thing you are most anxious about in your first year? Recruitment for summer internships is what first year students are most anxious about. It is a long process however I believe that everything will work out as long as you remain organized, determined, and patient.
Thing you are most excited about in your first year? I am most excited for the various leadership opportunities that the program provides. During your MBA, you have the rare chance to lead other leaders and make your mark on the school.